Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. When taken under the guidance of a trained medical professional within a licensed medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional opioid use at bay. Patients interested in taking Suboxone should first consult with their treatment provider in order to determine if their needs will be met by this medication.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Patients who are prescribed Suboxone should be made aware that there is a possibility of becoming dependent upon this medication. However, when this medication is taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional, the use of Suboxone is extremely safe. Comprised of a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone works with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of opioids. However, Suboxone will not cause patients to experience the cognitive impairments that typically take place when opioids are consumed. Because of this, patients are able to progress with the mental clarity needed to achieve recovery.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Suboxone will not test positive, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, patients should understand that the use of other opioids and substances will show up on a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that a patient remains on Suboxone will be dependent upon the unique treatment requirements of that individual. While some individuals will remain on Suboxone long-term, others will only remain on it for a short period of time. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the length of time that Suboxone will benefit you for. Because the effectiveness of Suboxone will not diminish over time, patients are able to remain on this medication as long as deemed necessary. Patients who are prescribed Suboxone will experience a reduction in the physical symptoms of withdrawal, and will achieve the mental clarity that is required to successfully progress in treatment.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Patients who are considering taking Suboxone should first notify their physician of any other medications or substances that they are taking to avoid experiencing potentially dangerous side effects due to negative interactions. Because Suboxone will cause patients to experience adverse effects when taken with other opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, heroin, or hydrocodone, patients should refrain from using these substances during the course of their treatment. Over-the-counter medications may negatively interact with Suboxone, which is why patients who are taking this medication should notify their physician prior to proceeding. Lastly, when a person is prescribed Suboxone, he or she should refrain from drinking alcohol as well.

What if I no longer wish to take Suboxone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Although the use of Suboxone is safe for long-term use, patients who begin their treatment on this medication are not required to remain on it for the rest of their lives. Should a patient wish to cease use of Suboxone or transition onto a different medication, he or should closely work with his or her treatment provider in order to safely transition onto a new medication or remain medication-free.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Willamette Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center provides patients with a highly customizable plan of treatment based upon their unique treatment needs. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary based upon a variety of factors. To learn more about the treatment that we offer and the cost of care at our center, please contact us today.